Penobscot Theatre Announces April Vacation Camp!

February Vacation Campers on stage at Penobscot Theatre Company!

Penobscot Theatre Education Department is pleased to announce our second annual April Vacation Camp!  During the week of April 15th, students are invited to join us from 9 – 3 to explore various topics relating to theater.   Camp is highly flexible as campers are able to sign up for any or all days of our program.  Each day of camp will focus on a particular aspect of theater while maintaining the following format:

Camp Day Format:

Morning warm-ups, games, get to know each other

“Today’s Lesson” – the topic of the day will be taught by head instructors

A “hands-on” project  - a DIY project your student creates relating “Today’s Topic”

Guest artist chat – An artist from the community will come to speak with students


Create Time – Students are up on their feet creating a play, telling a story, rehearsing, etc.

Multi-media presentation – Featuring movies, music, and websites related to “Today’s Topic”

“Final Performance” – We open up the classroom to parents and friends for students to present what they have learned/worked on throughout the day

Camp gets a shout out!

Vacation camps are a great way for students to get their first exposure to Penobscot Theatre or for returning students to explore a particular topic in an in-depth study.  All classes will be lead by PTC Teaching Artist Ben Layman and Director of Education Jasmine Ireland.


April Vacation Camp Topics:

Monday: Fairytales and Fables –  A look at how our legends, stories, and mythology become theater with a strong focus on storytelling.  Students will create their own “fractured fairytale” to create a new script for an old tale!

Tuesday: Shake it up with Shakespeare –  Students will make Shakespeare come alive in new and modern ways.  Sword fighting, movement, and ensemble building will bring the works of William Shakespeare from page to stage!

Wednesday: Musical Theatre –   An examination of the components of musical theater including voice, movement, and styles.  Students will work together to create a showstopping song and dance number!

Thursday:  Puppetry – Students will be introduced to various forms of puppetry.  By studying various techniques and building their own puppet, students will have created their own show by the end of the day!

Friday:  Stagecraft Design DayA behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a show happen. Covering topics including make-up, costuming, set construction, and design students will have a chance to create their own new characters.  This day includes a backstage tour of the Bangor Opera House!

For more information and to download a registration form, please visit the Education page on our website and click on “Camps.”  Please contact Director of Education and Outreach , Jasmine Ireland at with any questions.  We hope to see you at the theater!


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About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.